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Round cairn 230m west of Bleara Lowe

A Scheduled Monument in Kelbrook and Sough, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.9047 / 53°54'16"N

Longitude: -2.1167 / 2°7'0"W

OS Eastings: 392426.676447

OS Northings: 445395.555885

OS Grid: SD924453

Mapcode National: GBR FRN9.J1

Mapcode Global: WHB7L.G38Y

Entry Name: Round cairn 230m west of Bleara Lowe

Scheduled Date: 24 February 1971

Last Amended: 20 August 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008915

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23718

County: Lancashire

Civil Parish: Kelbrook and Sough

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire


The monument includes a round cairn located on Bleara Moor 230m west of Bleara
Lowe. It includes a partly mutilated slightly oval mound of peat and
heather-covered stones up to 1.2m high with maximum dimensions of 23m

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age
(c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or
multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined
compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch.
Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the
modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are
the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their
considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide
important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation
amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of
their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered
worthy of protection.

Despite limited disturbance to the monument's summit, the round cairn 230m
west of Bleara Lowe survives reasonably well. It will contain undisturbed
archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Bowl Barrows, (1989)
FMW Report, Capstick, B, SAM Report, (1993)
SMR No. 336, Lancs SMR, Bleara Lowe B, (1993)

Source: Historic England

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